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Early on I jumped shops, worked for several just to gain perspective. That was a good move. I found a shop with a bunch of oldtimers, listened to them and learned the easy way about alot of things I could skip learning the hard way. One thing I wish I hadn't done, I worked like a dog..convinced the physical work was good for me, but ignored alotta pain. It caught up to me.
Oh and just because you have done something a thousand times over doesn't mean you have been doing it right...READ THE MANUAL
I learned this just today
Thats one thing I learned from an oldtimer, some guys think they may come off looking like they don't know what they're doing..so they wing it. Hours later, you really look like you don't know what you're doing when you've gone back at 8pm and exhausted all efforts to resolve the problem, you wind up reading the manual with the homeowner staring over your shoulder...all to find you didn't tighten a simple nut.
This is a great thread and should be considered for the 2007 nomination. I regret I didn't save more money. I've wasted a lot of money on frivoulus things such as eating out and eating out. I wish I would've started weightlifting at a younger age, maybe then I wouldn't be so big boned(fat). This is one of the biggest, I should've kept my mouth shut and listened a little more. I wish I never bought my K-3800. Fine machine but I haven't used it one time since getting the K-60. I should've got the K-60 from the start.
I wish I would of protected my spine but I wouldn't be where I'm at today if I hadn't endured my injury.
The injury itself removed me out of the brutal, consistent demand that a boss would put me through in order to meet performance requirements.
Everything in life is a step, I believe everything happens for a reason and I don't really look back.
There are a few things though that bother me:
Wish I never picked up cigarrettes, even though I quit years ago
Wish I didn't have all those repeated exposures to horse hair plaster with known asbestos
Wish I didn't have all those years of exposure to VOC's (glue & cleaner) in plumbing all those new homes on a daily basis
Wish I would of stole from my last union boss blind for just accusing me of doing so
Wish I would of dumped my first gf of 8 years at year 2, I was a driven mofo in business and I was cut out for the task quite well. She held me back in so many ways and delayed my process. But now, I'm on target and hitting all 8 cylinders.
By the time I was 27 I had my license,three trucks some big boy toys and a garage full of tools and material.Thirteen years of being in a booze coma after that I was homeless,sleeping in my truck with three corded power tools and a pipe machine.
I wish I wasn't such a thirsty guy
More than likely I would've been close to my third house by now.Everymans own path,EH?
I like Cracks call on getting to know Hvac if your going to do service plumbing.
Your best tool is your knowledge,Suck up information like a sponge.It will make you ten fold of what a few grand of tools can in a year.
Wish I wouldnt have spent my money on all my toys,
Toys just sitting in the back room of the shop
1 drag car
2 drag boats
1 lake jet boat
2 jet ski`s
4 motor cycles
1 Jr dragster
Good thing I sold the monster truck to make more room back there
Wait, I wouldn`t change any of that well, I should have kept the monster truck.
I love what I`m doing I know most people couldnt play in crap all day long but I like it better then doing the plumbing that I use to do I`m in and out in no time and get to go to new places every day Now I wont talk about the back thing as I`m all screwed up there
I would have been more involved with and paid more attention to the trade. Too often we don't stay in contact with the plumbing board an plumbing organizations. so when rules and law change we can only ***** about it.